James Benning

Born in December 28th, 1942

From Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

James Benning Biography

Over the past thirty-five years James Benning (b. 1942) has played a central role in the history of American independent cinema by offering his rigorously structured yet wonderfully graceful films as extended meditations on the American landscape and its social and environmental histories. Benning’s life and work have been shaped by his passionate wanderlust—born in Milwaukee, he lived for intervals in Colorado, the Missouri Ozarks, Illinois and Oklahoma before settling in Val Verde, California in 1987, with car and motorcycle journeys around the country generating such films as I-94 (1975) and Four Corners (1997).

His career has been equally restless, ranging from his early experimentation with an avant-garde aesthetic to his embrace, during the 1980s and 90s, of explicitly autobiographical elements and increased human content. With his “California Trilogy” (2000-2001) Benning entered a new phase, refining his formalist style and political concerns while distilling his abiding interest in place and exacting organizational structures.

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James Benning Filmography

She Dies Tomorrow Poster
July 31, 2020
Spring Equinox Poster
July 28, 2016
Coming to Terms Poster
November 24, 2013
BNSF Poster
January 1, 2013
Stemple Pass Poster
October 1, 2012
Easy Rider Poster
January 1, 2012
small roads Poster
January 1, 2011